Valve is working on Elden Ring's Steam Deck Performance Woes
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Valve is working on Elden Ring’s Steam Deck Performance Woes

Valve is working on Elden Ring's Steam Deck Performance Woes
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Valve is working on Elden Ring’s Steam Deck Performance Woes.

The first Steam Deck email is being sent out to preorders for the second wave, but there are already reports about Elden Ring’s slow handheld performance. Valve has posted an update to share gameplay improvements.

Valve has a long list of “Steam Deck Verified”, which it claims work well on the device “right off the box.” The company stated that it is currently reviewing all Steam catalogues and categorizing games according to their compatibility. There are presently three ratings that score performance, and one that marks games as Unknown until the review. Elden Ring is currently sporting the Verified title. This means it has passed quality checks on input and display and system support and compatibility options.

However, it doesn’t mean that it is without problems. Valve has an experimental build available of the performance patch. Eurogamer spotted that Valve coder Pierre-Loup Griffais shared a status update on FromSoftware’s latest projects and showed a short clip showing the old and new versions running side-by-side.

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Griffiths wrote that the graphics team worked hard to optimize ELDEN RING in Steam Deck. “Fixes to heavy stutter when background streaming of assets occurs will be available in a Proton Release next week. However, they are now available for testing on the bleeding-edge branch Experimental.

These issues are common to PC users. Griffis tweeted that it was still possible to optimize/mitigate performance issues in the various driver layers on Valve’s hardware. People playing on PC reported cases with Easy Anti-Cheat crashes and frame rate issues since launch last week.

Bandai Namco claims that the Eldenring team has already started it. So maybe you will soon get updated Eldenring versions on Steam Deck and PC. In a blog posting, the publisher revealed those plans and asked users to update their drivers while other performance issues were addressed. Bamco responded quickly to the problem; at least it was faster than the time it took to acknowledge the Dark Souls vulnerability.

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